Netflix has transformed itself into one of the greatest producers of content for online streaming by a landslide. Yea, it still has The Office, How i met your mother, and at one point it even had Pulp Fiction, The Master and The Big Lebowski. Yet, what threw Netflix to the top was their ability to know what it was people wanted to watch, and using that data to produce original, high quality content.
From ‘House of cards’ to ‘Orange is the new black’, the early workings of the new empire became molded around us and what we wanted to see. After a decade of noting our scrolling behavior, searches, pauses, they decided to invest $100 million on the idea that fans of David Fincher, The Social Network, Kevin Spacey, and the british version of House of Cards’ could alone bring in more subscribers. Just this year, Netflix has invested $6 billion on the production of its original content and it’s breaking records after adding 7.05 million subscribers, putting the company’s value at a whopping $60 billion dollars.
So where is all the ruckus coming from and can we trust the future content to continue captivating us? Absolutely. If you’re not familiar with Netflix originals or haven’t subscribed, you’re missing out on some high quality pieces of work. Across the board (Emmy, Golden Globes, SAG, Satellite, Critics Choice), Netflix has pulled in 720 nominations. The American Film Institute has named 5 different originals with ‘Top 10 Tv programs of the year’ since 2013. From shows(Stranger Things) to documentaries(Making a Murderer) to stand-up specials(Louis C.K 2017), there’s a gargantuan library waiting to for you i mean, MASSIVE. From the stage, to TV, to online streaming, the art of entertainment keeps on changing before us, and it keeps getting better. Thanks to Netflix, some pretty good stuff is out there for us to enjoy, always, every day, on any device, and thanks goodness it’s still cheaper than a movie ticket.
Don’t know where to start? Check out:
Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)
Dave Chappelle (2017).
Jasmine Palacios is a performer/writer born in Dallas, TX. She studied at the Austin School of film, Institution Theater and Coldtowne Conservatory. With upcoming projects in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, she's based herself in Austin, TX, pursuing all that is entertainment. Some of her biggest influences include Jim Carrey, Black Sabbath, and Paul Thomas Anderson!